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Candidates on the Pentagon

  • By
  • Frida Berrigan,
  • New America Foundation
August 10, 2007 |

The war in Iraq is a failure. The "Global War on Terror" cannot be won by military might alone. Access to health care is a right for all. The growing divide between rich and poor is a problem. Torture is un-American.

NPR Interview with Mark Schmitt at Bloggers' Convention

August 4, 2007

Senior Fellow Mark Schmitt talks with National Public Radio about his blogging on TPMCafe.com, while attending the YearlyKos Convention in Chicago:

LYDEN: And you -- looking to have an impact here on the campaign?

Mark Schmitt, Steven Clemons in Financial Times on Obama

August 2, 2007

Barack Obama said yesterday that he would not hesitate to order military strikes against al-Qaeda targets on Pakistani soil with or without the permission of General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's military ruler.

Mr Obama's speech - one of the most belligerent by a Democratic presidential candidate - appeared to be have been prompted by Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner, who has portrayed her rival as doveish and inexperienced. Mr Obama sought to allay the impression that he would be slow to use force...

The Thirty-Year Itch

  • By
  • Mark Schmitt,
  • New America Foundation
July 31, 2007 |

I’ve always resisted the idea that there is "an inherent cyclical rhythm in our national affairs," as the late Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. put it. Schlesinger suggested that American history moves in 30-year cycles between liberalism and conservatism, between public and private concerns. But it’s hard not to notice that it was exactly 30 years ago that the conservative era dawned, with the introduction of the then-audacious Kemp-Roth tax-cut proposal, in 1977, followed by California’s tax-limiting Proposition 13 the next year.

Obama Really Means to Change Foreign Policy

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
July 31, 2007 |

Fifteen years ago, incoming President Bill Clinton promised a government "that looks more like America." Today, would-be President Barack Obama promises a government foreign policy that looks more like that of the world.

And ironically, Bill’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who once called herself the "agent of change," is now the guardian of the old policy order.

As Churchill Did, Gingrich Decries 'Phony War'

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
July 24, 2007 |

Newt Churchill? Newt de Gaulle? Is there a 21st-century parallel between those 20th-century leaders and the former speaker of the House?

Newt Gingrich’s legion of critics and rivals would beg to disagree, but the analogy is tantalizing.

Too Much Information

  • By
  • Mark Schmitt,
  • New America Foundation
July 24, 2007 |

Washington -- Look at the “issues” section of a Republican presidential candidate’s Web site and you’ll typically find only the most basic statements: “cut taxes,” “defeat the terrorists” and not much more. Republicans speak in terms of principle, not programs.

While the absence of policy detail in the Republican presidential campaign is remarkable, Democrats go too far in the other direction. Their campaign has entered the season of plans, the period during which a barrage of 20-page policy proposals frames the debate. The candidates disappear behind a screen of white paper.

Antonio's Perfect Storm

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
July 9, 2007 |

Too bad for the philandering mayor. If he’d sold himself as an old-time pol, a hard-charging, foul-mouthed power broker with large appetites, maybe he wouldn’t be getting so much flak for his latest marital infidelity.

How Ed Jew Got Elected

  • By
  • Steven Hill,
  • New America Foundation
June 24, 2007 |

With all the controversy swirling around embattled San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew regarding FBI investigations and his in-district residency, some have asked the question: How did this guy ever get elected?

Financial Times Quotes Mark Schmitt on Obama Campaign

June 23, 2007

Something predictable has happened to Barack Obama's breathtaking ascent. His star is still in the sky but the shine is fading. Almost six months after launching his presidential bid, Mr Obama's poll numbers remain stubbornly behind those of Hillary Clinton.

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